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North Chicago boy found dead was trying to ‘do better’

The 15-year-old North Chicago boy found dead in an alley in the city around 11 p.m. Wednesday night had recently transferred to the Waukegan school district to try and restart his school career.

Hundreds go the distance to support prevention of child-abuse

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A sunny but brisk morning greeted runners and walkers for the 11th annual Take a Step for Kids event that benefits the Grayslake-based Community Youth Network that counsels child-abuse victims and their families.

North Chicago community rocked by latest teen slaying

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Community activists, pastors, Ceasefire, and people who have lost loved ones to violence gathered for a rally Saturday in North Chicago to call for an end to the violence.

Sole survivor of Arizona car crash will join grandparents in Japan

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Nine-year-old Rinka Hirayama, the lone survivor of a fiery car crash last month on a desert highway near the Grand Canyon in Arizona, has returned to Vernon Hills, but only for a few weeks.

Girl, 16, missing for a week from Gurnee

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Police are asking the public’s help to find a 16-year-old girl who went missing a week ago after leaving Warren High School in Gurnee.

Full-speed ahead with new Public Works Facility in Park City

Now that the weather is improving, residents of Park City should expect to see plenty of construction activity in their neighborhoods in coming months.

Trial begins Monday for man charged in 1994 murder

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The trial of a man charged with killing Waukegan business owner Fred Reckling 20 years ago is set to begin Monday, marking the second time prosecutors will try to find justice for Reckling and his family.

Waukegan’s proposed budget reveals plans for $12M renovation of cop shop

Waukegan’s path back from the recession can be traced among the numbers featured in its proposed 2014-15 budget, which projects several revenue sources ticking upward while still remaining below what was brought in before the economy tanked.

Talk of the County

Not-so-smart mom: I just love it when I see a car with a “Baby on board” in the window and she’s going 25 miles over the speed limit. She stops at a red light to put on her make-up and is talking on her cellphone with her baby in the car. Wow, talk about an intelligent mother. You need a license to fish and drive, but you don’t need a license to have a kid. Unbelievable.

Great Lakes threats demand regional approach, leaders say

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State and local environmental leaders this week said they must push a regional approach as the best way to tackle issues threatening the Great Lakes.

Community Digest

Anyone in Illinois with a question about a legal matter can consult a lawyer, at no cost, during the annual Ask-a-Lawyer Day from 9 a.m. to noon April 26.

Plea deal in the works for ex-teacher charged with sex abuse

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Negotiations to iron out a plea deal for Amber Kraus, a former Grant High School teacher accused of sexually abusing a student in her home, appear to be moving forward.

Sheriff’s dispatcher understands trauma on both ends of 911 calls

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Paul Wegrzyn said the most difficult calls he receives as an emergency dispatcher involve children. At 7:37 p.m. Nov. 26, 2012, the Buffalo Grove resident had to be on the other end of that heart-wrenching call for help.

Ex-cop may have had permit to carry weapon into golf event

Felony charges against a man arrested for attempting to bring a gun into a golf championship in Lake Forest could be dropped if his attorney can prove claims that he had a permit to carry a gun as a former officer.

Top dispatcher goes ‘above and beyond the call of duty’

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Mundelein Dispatcher Vicki Dorjath of Antioch was honored for her grace under pressure as the Central Region Smart Telecommunicator winner earning $500 for her favorite charity: Save-A-Pet in Grayslake.

Grayslake adopts $16.9M balanced fiscal budget

Grayslake Village trustees adopted a balanced $16.9 million budget for the coming 2014-2015 fiscal year that reduces spending for the second year in a row. It will go into effect on May 1.